A Brief History Of Car Safety Features Rob King 1st May 2015 Car Safety, Infographics, Most Popular In the 19th century motor vehicles were extremely unpopular. Public backlash against the very first vehicles on the roads resulted in the passing of the Locomotive Act in 1865, which, amongst other things required self-propelled vehicles on public roads in the United Kingdom to be preceded by a man on foot waving a red flag and blowing a horn! The case for the motor car wasn’t helped much, when unfortunately Mrs Bridget Driscoll from Croyden was struck by a truck (travelling at 4mph) and killed in 1896. Since that point, engineers have been striving to make motor vehicles safer for both occupants and pedestrians alike. Our latest infographic charts all the major developments in car safety features from 1903 right up to modern day: You can see more automotive infographics from MicksGarage here.